• Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek
    Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek

    Abberior Instruments has partnered with Lastek in Australia and New Zealand to offer the most complete experience for super resolution microscopy. Read more here.

  • Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera
    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera

    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 is the best performing SWIR camera in the world. Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details. Read more.

  • Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro
    Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro

    The new digital laser controller for TOPTICA’s tunable diode laser DL pro sets new benchmarks with regards to low noise and low drift levels.

    Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details.

  • High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources
    High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources

    The High Finesse LSA Laser Spectrum Analyser analyses multi-line or broadband spectra of cw and pulsed lasers, gas discharge lamps, and more.  Lastek currently have a demonstration system available for evaluation. Read more...

  • Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems
    Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems

    ALIO Designs and Manufacturers Proprietary Robotic Devices and Tools that Enable Precise Nano-Scale Movements for Manufacturing and Research & Development


The Laser Quantum gem laser vs. gravity

The second in the series of  Laser Quantum robust laser videos is available now! This time, the gem faces the force of gravity when it is dropped 20 metres high from a drone, but how will the gem perform afterwards? Will it still deliver specification? Watch the video above to find out.

The series continues to demonstrate the robustness and reliability of Laser Quantum's lasers, focussing on the gem, but representative of the entire range, by preforming extreme experiments, outside of the usual laboratory environment. Although these instances are never likely to occur, the videos outline what these lasers are capable of surviving.

New improvements to the Ocean Optics NIRQuest: A Small-footprint Spectrometer for Near-Infrared Measurements

NIRQuest 2016

Advantages of the NIRQuest

  • Reliable, robust spectrometer with deep thermoelectric cooling down to -20 °C for low dark current
  • Fast data transfer – great for applications with chemometric models
  • Configurable with a range of detectors, gratings and slits for your specific application

The Ocean Optics NIRQuest is a versatile NIR spectrometer for applications ranging from moisture detection and chemical analysis to high-resolution laser and optical fiber characterization. NIRQuest spectrometers cover the wavelength range from 900-2500 nm. This year 2016 Coean Optics have refreshed the NIRQuest with a new replaceable slit design, and an optional internal shutter.

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Raptor Photonics: OWL 1280 SWIR HD format Digital InGaAs Camera

OWL 1280

Using a 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor from SCD, the Raptor PhotonicsOWL 1280 offers visible extension from 0.4µm to 1.7µm to enable high sensitivity imaging. The 10µm x 10µm pixel pitch enables the highest resolution imaging. The camera will also offer 2 x 2 binning to become 640×512, 20µm pitch for ultimate low light vision and high speed applications. It will offer less than 35 electrons readout noise combined with one of the lowest dark current readings on the market.  The camera will offer ultra-high intrascene dynamic range of 70dB enabling simultaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene.

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nLIGHT alta™ new High Power Fiber Laser Platform


VANCOUVER, Wash. USA October 19, 2016 – nLIGHT announced today a new high power fiber laser platform to its industrial fiber laser portfolio. Available at power levels of 6 kW and 8 kW, the nLIGHT alta™ fiber laser sources are designed for advanced industrial metal cutting and welding applications.

  • Stable processing of polished stainless, aluminum, brass, and copper: nLIGHT’s novel back reflection isolation technology allows uninterrupted full power processing of highly reflective materials.
  • Highest uptime with the lowest cost of ownership: nLIGHT’s alta™ proprietary fiber laser design enables tool integrators or end users to manage maintenance and service, which results in higher machine uptime, lower cost of ownership, and improved customer experience.

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Thorlabs new Yttrium Orthovanadate Rochon Prism


  • Separates Unpolarized Light into Two Orthogonally Polarized Outputs
  • 10.6° Beam Separation Angle
  • High Extinction Ratio for Each Output (>100 000:1)
  • Uncoated YVO4 Substrate
  • Mounted in Ø1" Aluminum Housing

Thorlabs' Rochon Prism splits an arbitrarily polarized input beam into two orthogonally polarized output beams. The ordinary ray remains on the same optical axis as the input beam, while the extraordinary ray deviates by an angle of 10.6° for 2000 nm light. The output beams have a high polarization extinction ratio of >100 000:1.

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The taccor comb: Laser Quantum’s first complete frequency comb system

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The taccor comb, Laser Quantum’s first complete frequency comb system, is an extension to the taccor range of 1 GHz lasers. The comb comprises a powerful 1 GHz turn-key Ti:Sapphire laser and a matched dispersion compensation module, super-continuum generation and ultra-stable f-to-2f interferometer all in a single sealed and ultra-stable housing. The taccor comb is fully stabilised using XPS800-E feedback loop electronics and provides an electrical output signal at the carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency with at least 40 dB signal-to-noise ratio in 300 kHz bandwidth.  Using a high repetition rate Ti:Sapphire mode-locked laser for comb generation, the combenables generation of significantly higher supercontinuum average power, resulting in an enhanced SNR for heterodyne beat measurements or direct frequency comb spectroscopy applications.

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Toptica invites you to participate in The Big Bell Test


On November 30st a worldwide project will take place that uses human randomness to enable experiments which test the laws of quantum physics. The Big Bell Test is coordinated by ICFO (The Institute of Photonic Sciences) to perform several simultaneous quantum physics experiments in different laboratories around the world. These experiments need the participation of many people, who will contribute to the success by behaving as randomly as possible.

TOPTICA supports the Big Bell Test not only as provider of equipment of many of the participating groups but also as an official ambassador. That’s why we reach out to the TOPTICA world and ask everybody to participate. We share the passion for quantum physics with our customers and promise to be ready on November 30st to test its laws on a global scale. Learn more, and watch the video, after the break.

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Phaseview ZeeScan 3D Microscope Add-on: Upgrade Your Microscope With 3D Surface Metrology Capabilities

The Phaseview ZeeScan is a fast, precise, affordable 3D add-on for microscopy. ZeeScan features the most advanced properties for fast and precise z-scanning. Instead of using traditional motorized means such as stepper motors or piezo devices, ZeeScan uses a proprietary PhaseView optical assembly for 3D scanning integrating the latest advances of digital lens technology, leading to accurate and highly repeatable z-steps for 3D acquisition ad analysis.

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Lastek Spring Stocktake Sale: Browse for hot bargains

Lastek's Spring Stocktake Sale is now on! We've updated our stock pages to reflect our current inventory in Adelaide. Browse through a huge selection of optics, mounts, accessories, protective eyewear, laser dyes and more from a wide range of our principals including Thorlabs, CVI, Edmund Optics and more. All stock is available for immediate delivery and is offered at 50% discount from normal pricing. Full details here. Contact us for further information. 

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